The majority of our campers arrive on the bus (either via the bus stop in Edina, MN or via the airport) and we HIGHLY suggest that campers arrive in this way as it is a good way for kids to get to know each other before you arrive and allows an easier transition into camp life. International families - Please click here for your travel information!
Click on the icon below for specific information about each mode of transportation!
Do you have a travel agent to help with arranging flights?
We urge you to use Travel One, Inc. to assist you with air travel. It helps our staff coordinate to meet arriving flights, provide better supervision and make travel arrangements from the airport to camp, which provides a better camper experience for your child. In general, flights should arrive into the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) before 9:30 AM and depart after 2:00 PM.Call Amy Pagel at Travel One (1-800-245-1111) to assist you.
Special discounts on Delta flights are available to our camp families. Travel One, Inc. will notify Foley directly of your travel plans or any changes that may take place.
What happens when my camper arrives at the MSP airport?
Staff meet the campers at the gate to assist them with their baggage and connect them with the camp buses. After the campers have connected with camp staff at the airport, they call home using their cell phone or a staff member’s to assure their parents that they have been met. Personal cell phones will be collected after the calls have been made and kept for the duration of camp. Please make sure your child has the necessary instructions and number for calling. Campers will be at the airport until their bus or van has all of the campers scheduled to arrive. Once everyone has arrived they take a three-hour bus trip to camp. Lunch is provided on the bus.
Do I need to pay the "Unaccompanied Minor" fee to the airlines?
Most major airlines require kids 12 and under (and often as old as 15), who are traveling alone, to purchase “unaccompanied minor” services. Many airlines allow children, both related and not related, to fly together on one unaccompanied minor fee.
Below is a list of the major airlines and links to the "unaccompanied minor" information on their websites. Please read the airline information carefully before purchasing tickets!
Please do NOT pay for the Unaccompanied Minor fee for the return trip. Please see the Travel Formfor more information about how this fee will be paid.
When filling out the Unaccompanied Minor form please list: Alli Faricy or a Camp Foley Representative 9303 Father Foley Drive Pine River, MN 56474 218-543-6161
On the return, camp staff will assist your camper in paying for the Unaccompanied Minor fee per your instructions on the Travel Form. Please make sure to provide full name(s), address and phone number for the person that will meet the camper. Foley is not responsible for the camper once he/she boards the plane and we strongly recommend the use of the unaccompanied minor service! It is also important that your child is not booked on the final flight of the day to their destination city as they may not be allowed to board the plane. Please check with the airline or travel agent when booking flights and be sure to mention that the camper will be flying “Unaccompanied Minor.”
What happens on departure day?
On the return trip, staff assist campers with luggage, getting to their gate and then watch them board. Campers are supervised and enjoy having $10-$15 spending money with them at the airport on departure day. Please send this money with your child.
Return Baggage Fees: Baggage fees are different for every airline. Please check the link below for the airline your child is flying and be sure to send enough money with your child to cover the fees for baggage. We will make sure to send your child home in the same number of bags as when they arrived.
The arrival and departure point for our special camp buses/vans will be Our Lady of Grace (OLG) Church parking lot, 5051 Eden Avenue, Edina, MN – off of Highway 100. Snacks and lunches will be provided and are included in the bus fee. Parents are responsible for their children when they are not on the bus. Staff members travel with the campers, and campers enter vehicles only under staff supervision. Seatbelts are worn at all times when riding in vehicles (except buses). Campers are to remain seated, keeping voices and movements under control and are not to extend themselves or other objects out of any windows. All Foley safety rules for riding in buses, vans and cars are enforced.
How do I get to OLG?
From the South: Follow 494 to Hwy 100 North. Take the 50th St./ Vernon Ave. exit. At the stop sign after exiting, take a right and proceed over the bridge. At the 4-way stop, OLG will be seen on your left (5051 Eden Avenue). Continue straight for a short distance. Take the first left marked “Our Lady of Grace” (small sign) into the parking lot. From the North: Take Hwy 100 South to 50th St./Vernon Ave. exit. Go straight through the first stop light, follow sign to Eden Ave. Take left on Arcadia, the go right on Eden. Take the first left marked “Our Lady of Grace” (small sign) into the parking lot.
What time does the bus depart OLG for camp?
Buses depart at 10:30 AM and begin loading at 10:00 AM or earlier. Please plan to arrive between 9:45 AM and 10:15 AM.
What time does the bus arrive back to OLG after camp is over?
Buses arrive at approximately noon.
Is there bus transportation for one week campers?
Yes. See above for Arrival/Departure times to/from Edina, MN.
I can't pick up my camper at OLG, can someone else pick them up?
Verbal or written communication must be received from the legal parent or guardian prior to a minor being released to a person other than the legal parent or guardian.
Parents may drop campers off at camp between 1:00 – 1:30 PM on the opening day of each session. We are unable to welcome campers prior to this time as our counselors are in meetings and doing final preparations. Parents who are picking up their children should be at camp between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM on the closing day of the session. When dropping your camper off, parents may drive into the unloading area by the dining room to meet our staff and unload luggage and are then asked to park their cars in the parking lot before touring camp or going to the camper’s cabin. On departure day, please park in the parking lot and sign the camper out before departing. Follow directions from a Foley staff member for picking up luggage. Directions to Foley.
Can we drop our camper off or pick our camper up via boat?
Yes! You can arrive by boat. Many of our families either own or rent cabins on the lake and would like to pick up or drop off campers via boat. When you arrive, you should park your boat at the left set of docks (as you look at us from the lake). The Foley Marina is a large white building built in to the side of the bank leading to the water. Please tie your boat up securely and then head up the stairs. If no one is there to meet you, head towards the dining hall (the large log sided building straight ahead). You should see people there.
What time should we plan to arrive?
Parents may drop campers off at camp between 1:00 – 1:30 PM on the opening day of each session. We are unable to welcome campers prior to this time as our counselors are in meetings and doing final preparations. Parents who are picking up their children should be at camp between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM on the closing day of the session.
What if there is a last minute travel change?
If your child's travel arrangements change, or a flight is missed or canceled, it is very important that parents call camp so we can notify the appropriate staff.
What if my child does not arrive on schedule?
If a camper does not arrive on his or her scheduled flight or at Our Lady of Grace Church parking lot in Minneapolis, an on-site staff member will call a director at camp. A camp director will then call the parent or guardian. The buses do not depart without first checking with camp. For campers who are being dropped off directly at camp, a camp staff member will call parents if their child does not arrive at camp on their scheduled arrival day.
On return flights from camp, parents are notified if any changes occur.